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EVERYBODY NOW!
Presented by BLEACH* and Everybody NOW!

EVERYBODY NOW!
Presented by BLEACH* and Everybody NOW!

Get your skates on for Roller Coaster, a participatory creative residency combining skate, story and song, in celebration of powerful female voices.

Roll up to open skate sessions with live music and share your skating stories at songwriting workshops with a stellar line up of South East Queensland musicians and special guests. The week-long creative takeover will culminate in an epic Sunday session where skaters of all ages and experiences can contribute to a live finale concert.

Not a skater? No worries! Simply come along, grab a drink and rock out to some fierce new music making, local storytelling and witness the skaters roll rings around us.

 

PUBLIC PROGRAM

WEDNESDAY 17 AUG
OPEN SKATE AND SONGWRITING SESSION
6:00PM – 9:00PM
FREE – click here to register

A safe, inclusive and creative exploration of the joyful, powerful and sometimes deeply personal stories of why we skate. Come along for the whole session or pop in to meet our team of professional musicians and theatre-makers who will be creating a cranking set of brand-new eclectic rock/ indie/ surf/ skate/ pop tunes telling stories inspired by YOU!

* This session is for women, girls and non-binary skaters of all ages and experiences. If you’d like more information please reach out to Kate on [email protected]

FRIDAY 19 AUG
PANEL DISCUSSION AND PARTY
6:30PM – 7:30PM Talk
7:30PM – 9:00PM Skating with Live DJ
FREE – click here to register

Join us for the ‘I Get Up!’ panel discussion and party as we talk all things roller skating, art and women’s mental health and wellbeing. The conversation will explore the empowerment and politics of movement, representation and creativity with the team from Everybody NOW! alongside, Emma Iwinska, CEO of Women’s Health and Equality Queensland and Griffith University’s Dr Adele Pavlidis and Professor Simone Fullagar, authors of Sport, Gender and Power: The Rise of Roller Derby, and Feminism and a Vital Politics of Depression and Recovery. When our minds and hearts are full, let’s crank up the tunes and have a skate.

* Open to everyone, all ages, genders, skaters and non-skaters.

SUNDAY 21 AUGUST
SUNDAY SESSION
2:00PM – 4:00PM
TICKETS $12
Doors from 1pm

Join us for an epic creative collision of live music, performance, skate and community as we showcase the new music developed as part of the Roller Coaster Residency, plus workshops, demos and food and drink available to purchase.

* Open to everyone, all ages, genders, skaters and non-skaters.

SAFETY INFORMATION

Roller Coaster is an inclusive space where all are welcomed and treated with respect. When in an open social skate space remember to be conscious and considerate of others with a variety of skill levels.

If someone falls over, they should be met with encouragement and love. We all start somewhere, let’s build each other up with support and friendship!

Remember to bring your own skates and safety gear.
Skate at your own risk and to your own ability.
The skating surface is a concert floor.
There will be areas to enjoy the events with and without skates.

 

 

ROLLERCOASTER ARTIST BIOS

SONGWRITERS/ PERFORMERS

Key Residency Musicians featuring at:
OPEN SKATE AND SONG WRITING SESSION – WEDNESDAY 17 AUG &
SUNDAY SESSION – CLOSING PARTY – SUNDAY 21 AUGUST

 

ELLA FENCE

Ella Fence Is a Singer songwriter, virtuoso musician, sonic adventurer.
Ella’s music is heralded by many, including being nominated for Australian Women In Music’s “Best Development Artist” 2019, accumulating 8 Gold Coast Music Award nominations (having won 2) and named as a finalist for the 2019 Carol Lloyd Award. The cherry on top is Ella has amassed over 4 million streams of her music on Spotify.
This year will see Ella releasing a new body of work that embraces a renewed interest in guitar based in rock n roll, mashed with avant-garde.
Her sound is literate and sensory, unapologetically demanding, her vocals passionately soaring, her guitar playing a piercing shark alarm assault on the mind, body and soul. Ella’s bad arse rock aesthetic is a mean ‘1000 yard’ stare, with guitar swung low. Her music disturbs the comfortable and comforts the disturbed.

 

NADIA SUNDE

An acclaimed cabaret and concert artist, theatre actress, comedienne and former ABC radio presenter, Nadia Sunde is an outstanding performer. She effortlessly creates moments with audiences that hold the space for joyful, heartfelt and inspiring connections.
Nadia is the recipient of multiple national and international songwriting and performance awards including a Queensland Music Award, APRA Art Music Award, International Songwriting Award and a Gold Coast Creative Industries Award.
Her current performance projects include a large scale roller skating theatre spectacle, in partnership with Australian Performance company Everybody NOW!, an immersive theatre work for 3-8 year olds and their communities called The Collector’s and her brand new concert cabaret ‘Blue Bayou’, launching in late 2022.

 

DEB SUCKLING

Deb Suckling is a music industry stalwart whose sound has been described as a union of alt-rock and noise pop. She has been a prolific singer songwriter for 15years, released records, most notably with the bands Brindle and Lucy Star Satellite, and more recently has been applauded for her large scale community song writing projects including The Soldier’s Wife where she captured the heartfelt experiences of what it means to be a soldier’s wife and You Can’t Take Me, a music project where Queensland songwriters who have experienced sexual violence embarked on a journey to put their personal stories into song.
She recently continued that journey with the release of a solo debut album aptly titled ‘Worthy’, embracing her past to create this moving collection of songs.
The album has been receiving rave reviews and the single ‘Awkward’ which features on ‘Worthy’ landed in 4ZZZ’s Top 20.
Deb describes the album, “It has been a very long journey in terms of acknowledging my past and being able to speak freely about those experiences without feeling the shame and fear that goes with those experiences, and this album for me is about having a kind of freedom that I have never felt before.”

 

DEE BRADBURY

Singer/songwriter and talented multi-instrumentalist, Dee Bradbery, created her music persona Wild Eyed Wonder in 2016. Since then, she’s played on sizable stages, sharing a line-up with Steele Syndicate and Sneaky Sound System and expanding her local and global reach.
A true optimist, Wild Eyed Wonder makes music for the wide-eyed dreamers, speaking to the inner desire for seeking something greater on the horizon.
She has performed as a drummer/ percussionist with Everybody NOW for their touring work The Inaugural Annual Dance Affair and joins Roller Coaster as our in-house percussionist and joy generator from the behind the kit.

 

SPEAKERS AS PART OF ‘I GET UP’ PANEL & PARTY
FRIDAY 19TH AUGUST

 

EMMA IWINSKA

Emma Iwinska is the CEO of Women’s Health and Equality Queensland, a not-for-profit organisation leading the way in gender equity and women’s health in Queensland. Emma is also the President of Ending Violence Against Women Queensland, a peak body which brings together the women’s health, refuge, domestic and sexual violence sectors. Nationally, Emma is a member of the Australian Women’s Health Network Board.
Emma’s work focusses on improving health outcomes and health equity for women, and creating the structural and social change needed to stop men perpetrating gendered violence. Emma works to create communities built upon equity, respect, the celebration of diversity and the recognition that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are the custodians and knowledge holders of the lands, seas, and skies where we all live, work and play.
Emma loves working collaboratively and listening to the experts in women’s lives – women!

 

DR ADELE PAVLIDIS

Dr Adele Pavlidis is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology with the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science at Griffith University.
She is author of two books, Sport, Gender and Power: The Rise of Roller Derby (2016, Routledge, with Simone Fullagar) and Feminism and a Vital Politics of Depression and Recovery (Palgrave, with Simone Fullagar and Wendy O’Brien) and is currently working on her third book, Collision Paths in the Pursuit of Gender Equity: A Feminist Perspective on the Affective Dynamics of Contact Sports (under contract, with Simone Fullagar and Wendy O’Brien).
She has published widely on a range of sociocultural issues in sport and leisure, with a focus on gender and power relations.
Currently her work focuses on sport as a key site of change in Australian society and an important context for changing and challenging attitudes towards women. In particular she is interested in connecting social, cultural and health concepts with sport in the hope of creating more inclusive futures. Her ARC DECRA fellowship focused on the rise of participation and visibility of women in contact/collision sports in Australia.

 

SIMONE FULLAGAR

Simone is an interdisciplinary sociologist who has published widely on gender equity in sport, mental health, active communities and social well-being.
With an interest in social and organisational change her work contributes to thinking differently about inequalities. Simone also has a professional background in community service management for diverse populations.
She is Chair of the Sport and Gender Equity research hub and is an active member and mentor in the Griffith University Gender Equality Network (GERN) and Centre for Social and Cultural Research.
Simone has received funding to conduct qualitative research into leisure, sport and health related areas, including women’s recovery from depression, the socio-cultural context of youth suicide in rural and urban communities and equine programs for at risk youth. In 2015, she was the first Australian to receive the Shaw-Mannell International Leisure Research Award for her contribution to feminist scholarship in leisure, sport and health from the University of Waterloo, CA.

 

BEC REID

Bec Reid is an Australian based performer, producer, director, choreographer and engagement specialist.
Bec encourages people to see their world in new ways through highly physical, participatory, practical, collaborative and celebratory actions. For 20 years, Bec has passionately worked in the space where professional artists and communities of interest meet; collaborating with communities and artists nationally and internationally.
Together with Tristan Meecham, Bec leads All The Queens Men, and is a Founding Director of Everybody NOW! with Kate Baggerson and Ian Pidd.
In 2017-18, Bec was a Fellowship recipient from the Australia Council for the Arts.
Bec has continually served on arts boards and regularly mentors young and emerging artists formally and informally. Bec’s true loves are Staffordshire Bull Terriers Italo Disco, Ceilidhs and dancing.

 

DJ PIA PRESSURE

Local Gold Coast DJ and party maker, Pia know how to bring the good vibes and good times.

 

CREATIVE TEAM

IAN PIDD – DIRECTOR

Ian Pidd is a freelance director of theatre and festivals. His practice veers between programming festivals, The Lost Lands for which he is Artistic Director, directing theatre such as Passenger with Jess Wilson, and participatory “things”, Unconformity’s The Rumble, Sam Halmarack and JOF’s We Are Lightning and Dark MOFO’s Ogoh Ogoh. Ian’s collaboration with Bec Reid and Kate Baggerson for Everybody Now, has seen the creation of large scale social dance works presented across the country, including a signature commission for the Commonwealth Games, Festival 2018.
His work tends to be musical, accessible, playful and genre hopping, and have been seen throughout Australia and in Europe and Asia.
Ian is a regular Project Director for Polyglot Theatre and has previously he held Artistic Directorship positions with Back To Back Theatre, Snuff Puppets, Moomba, The Works Festival and was founding Artistic Director of Junction Arts Festival (JAF) in Launceston.

 

KATE BAGGERSON – CO-ARTISTIC DIRECTOR EVERYBODY NOW!

Kate Baggerson an experienced Creative Producer and Maker of large-scale community-engaged performance works and has managed many complex and layered community cultural development projects and multi-art events over the last 15 years.
As Co-Founder and Executive Director, Kate has guided Everybody NOW, through a highly successful period of growth since the company was founded in 2015, reaching over 46,000 people in 200 communities across five states of Australia between the ages of 3-100 years young.
She has worked across Australia for leading arts organisations such as MONA FOMA, Salamanca Arts Centre, the Woodford Folk Festival, HOTA Home of the Arts and the Gold Coast’s Bleach* Festival as Associate Director.

 

LUKE MCDONALD – MUSICAL DIRECTOR

Luke McDonald is an extremely versatile and dedicated creative force. He has worked as a composer/engineer/producer on feature films, short films, theatre & dance productions, and advertising campaigns and corporate projects.
He is a writing member of Unearthed J Award winning Brisbane band The John Steel Singers, who have three critically acclaimed albums and have successfully toured nationally & internationally.
Luke has been working extensively with Australian music legend Robert Forster (The Go-Betweens), taking the roles of co-producer, engineer and performer on his ARIA nominated album “Songs To Play”.
He created Holiday Party with Mel Tickle. Since releasing their debut single “I’m Still Here” the band has received praise from music media both nationally and internationally. They won JJJ Unearthed & Were nominated for “Best Dance/Electronica Song” at the QMA’s 2019, have performed at alongside G-Flip, Cloud Control, Hatchie, Party Dozen and GL, and at BIGSOUND Festival, Mountain Goat Valley Crawl.

Artists

EVERYBODY NOW!

Everybody NOW! create participatory performance experiences
that generate joy.

Led by Co-Artistic Directors Ian Pidd, Kate (McDonald)
Baggerson and Bec Reid, along with a cohort of talented
collaborators, Everybody NOW! create works that are designed
to move communities.

Since formation in 2015 they have reached over 43,000 people
as audiences and participants in 121 communities across five
states of Australia, between the ages of 3 – 99 years young.
Everybody NOW’s vision is for more people on the planet to feel
connected, empowered and valued in their communities; telling
stories that make us who we are and who we can become -
celebrating the everyday; real people, real stories, everybody
now!

The Roller Coaster Residency is a discrete stage in the
development of a new, large-scale music theatre work, called
RINK, telling the story of a group of women who come of age
through the ancient Amazonian battleground of Roller Derby
created with Musical Directors Nadia Sunde and Luke
McDonald.

Ella Fence

Ella Fence Is a Singer songwriter, virtuoso musician, sonic adventurer.

Ella’s music is heralded by many, including being nominated for Australian Women In Music's “Best Development Artist” 2019, accumulating 8 Gold Coast Music Award nominations (having won 2) and named as a finalist for the 2019 Carol Lloyd Award. The cherry on top is Ella has amassed over 4 million streams of her music on Spotify.

This year will see Ella releasing a new body of work that embraces a renewed interest in guitar based in rock n roll, mashed with avant-garde.

Her sound is literate and sensory, unapologetically demanding, her vocals passionately soaring, her guitar playing a piercing shark alarm assault on the mind, body and soul. Ella's bad arse rock aesthetic is a mean '1000 yard' stare, with guitar swung low. Her music disturbs the comfortable and comforts the disturbed.

Nadia Sunde

An acclaimed cabaret and concert artist, theatre actress, comedienne and former ABC radio presenter, Nadia Sunde is an outstanding performer. She effortlessly creates moments with audiences that hold the space for joyful, heartfelt and inspiring connections.
Nadia is the recipient of multiple national and international songwriting and performance awards including a Queensland Music Award, APRA Art Music Award, International Songwriting Award and a Gold Coast Creative Industries Award.

Her current performance projects include a large scale roller skating theatre spectacle, in partnership with Australian Performance company Everybody NOW!, an immersive theatre work for 3-8 year olds and their communities called The Collector’s and her brand new concert cabaret 'Blue Bayou', launching in late 2022.

Deb Suckling

Deb Suckling is a music industry stalwart whose sound has been described as a union of alt-rock and noise pop. She has been a prolific singer songwriter for 15years, released records, most notably with the bands Brindle and Lucy Star Satellite, and more recently has been applauded for her large scale community song writing projects including The Soldier's Wife where she captured the heartfelt experiences of what it means to be a soldier’s wife and You Can’t Take Me, a music project where Queensland songwriters who have experienced sexual violence embarked on a journey to put their personal stories into song.
She recently continued that journey with the release of a solo debut album aptly titled 'Worthy', embracing her past to create this moving collection of songs.

The album has been receiving rave reviews and the single 'Awkward' which features on 'Worthy’ landed in 4ZZZ's Top 20.

Deb describes the album, “It has been a very long journey in terms of acknowledging my past and being able to speak freely about those experiences without feeling the shame and fear that goes with those experiences, and this album for me is about having a kind of freedom that I have never felt before.”

Dee Bradbery

Singer/songwriter and talented multi-instrumentalist, Dee Bradbery, created her music persona Wild Eyed Wonder in 2016. Since then, she’s played on sizable stages, sharing a line-up with Steele Syndicate and Sneaky Sound System and expanding her local and global reach.

A true optimist, Wild Eyed Wonder makes music for the wide-eyed dreamers, speaking to the inner desire for seeking something greater on the horizon.

She has performed as a drummer/ percussionist with Everybody NOW for their touring work The Inaugural Annual Dance Affair and joins Roller Coaster as our in-house percussionist and joy generator from the behind the kit.

    Emma Iwinska

    Emma Iwinska is the CEO of Women’s Health and Equality Queensland, a not-for-profit organisation leading the way in gender equity and women’s health in Queensland. Emma is also the President of Ending Violence Against Women Queensland, a peak body which brings together the women’s health, refuge, domestic and sexual violence sectors. Nationally, Emma is a member of the Australian Women’s Health Network Board.

    Emma’s work focusses on improving health outcomes and health equity for women, and creating the structural and social change needed to stop men perpetrating gendered violence. Emma works to create communities built upon equity, respect, the celebration of diversity and the recognition that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are the custodians and knowledge holders of the lands, seas, and skies where we all live, work and play.

    Emma loves working collaboratively and listening to the experts in women’s lives – women!

      Dr Adele Pavlidis

      Dr Adele Pavlidis is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology with the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science at Griffith University.

      She is author of two books, Sport, Gender and Power: The Rise of Roller Derby (2016, Routledge, with Simone Fullagar) and Feminism and a Vital Politics of Depression and Recovery (Palgrave, with Simone Fullagar and Wendy O'Brien) and is currently working on her third book, Collision Paths in the Pursuit of Gender Equity: A Feminist Perspective on the Affective Dynamics of Contact Sports (under contract, with Simone Fullagar and Wendy O'Brien).

      She has published widely on a range of sociocultural issues in sport and leisure, with a focus on gender and power relations.

      Currently her work focuses on sport as a key site of change in Australian society and an important context for changing and challenging attitudes towards women. In particular she is interested in connecting social, cultural and health concepts with sport in the hope of creating more inclusive futures. Her ARC DECRA fellowship focused on the rise of participation and visibility of women in contact/collision sports in Australia.

      Simone Fullagar

      Simone is an interdisciplinary sociologist who has published widely on gender equity in sport, mental health, active communities and social well-being.

      With an interest in social and organisational change her work contributes to thinking differently about inequalities. Simone also has a professional background in community service management for diverse populations.

      She is Chair of the Sport and Gender Equity research hub and is an active member and mentor in the Griffith University Gender Equality Network (GERN) and Centre for Social and Cultural Research.

      Simone has received funding to conduct qualitative research into leisure, sport and health related areas, including women’s recovery from depression, the socio-cultural context of youth suicide in rural and urban communities and equine programs for at risk youth. In 2015, she was the first Australian to receive the Shaw-Mannell International Leisure Research Award for her contribution to feminist scholarship in leisure, sport and health from the University of Waterloo, CA.

      Bec Reid

      Bec Reid is an Australian based performer, producer, director, choreographer and engagement specialist.

      Bec encourages people to see their world in new ways through highly physical, participatory, practical, collaborative and celebratory actions. For 20 years, Bec has passionately worked in the space where professional artists and communities of interest meet; collaborating with communities and artists nationally and internationally.

      Together with Tristan Meecham, Bec leads All The Queens Men, and is a Founding Director of Everybody NOW! with Kate Baggerson and Ian Pidd.

      In 2017-18, Bec was a Fellowship recipient from the Australia Council for the Arts.
      Bec has continually served on arts boards and regularly mentors young and emerging artists formally and informally. Bec’s true loves are Staffordshire Bull Terriers Italo Disco, Ceilidhs and dancing

      DJ Pia Pressure

      Local Gold Coast DJ and party maker, Pia know how to bring the good vibes and good times.

      Ian Pidd

      Ian Pidd is a freelance director of theatre and festivals. His practice veers between programming festivals, The Lost Lands for which he is Artistic Director, directing theatre such as Passenger with Jess Wilson, and participatory “things”, Unconformity’s The Rumble, Sam Halmarack and JOF’s We Are Lightning and Dark MOFO’s Ogoh Ogoh. Ian’s collaboration with Bec Reid and Kate Baggerson for Everybody Now, has seen the creation of large scale social dance works presented across the country, including a signature commission for the Commonwealth Games, Festival 2018.

      His work tends to be musical, accessible, playful and genre hopping, and have been seen throughout Australia and in Europe and Asia.

      Ian is a regular Project Director for Polyglot Theatre and has previously he held Artistic Directorship positions with Back To Back Theatre, Snuff Puppets, Moomba, The Works Festival and was founding Artistic Director of Junction Arts Festival (JAF) in Launceston.

        Kate Baggerson

        Kate Baggerson an experienced Creative Producer and Maker of large-scale community-engaged performance works and has managed many complex and layered community cultural development projects and multi-art events over the last 15 years.

        As Co-Founder and Executive Director, Kate has guided Everybody NOW, through a highly successful period of growth since the company was founded in 2015, reaching over 46,000 people in 200 communities across five states of Australia between the ages of 3-100 years young.

        She has worked across Australia for leading arts organisations such as MONA FOMA, Salamanca Arts Centre, the Woodford Folk Festival, HOTA Home of the Arts and the Gold Coast’s Bleach* Festival as Associate Director.

          Luke McDonald

          Luke McDonald is an extremely versatile and dedicated creative force. He has worked as a composer/engineer/producer on feature films, short films, theatre & dance productions, and advertising campaigns and corporate projects.

          He is a writing member of Unearthed J Award winning Brisbane band The John Steel Singers, who have three critically acclaimed albums and have successfully toured nationally & internationally.

          Luke has been working extensively with Australian music legend Robert Forster (The Go-Betweens), taking the roles of co-producer, engineer and performer on his ARIA nominated album “Songs To Play”.

          He created Holiday Party with Mel Tickle. Since releasing their debut single “I’m Still Here” the band has received praise from music media both nationally and internationally. They won JJJ Unearthed & Were nominated for “Best Dance/Electronica Song” at the QMA’s 2019, have performed at alongside G-Flip, Cloud Control, Hatchie, Party Dozen and GL, and at BIGSOUND Festival, Mountain Goat Valley Crawl.

            Accessibility
            • Wheelchair access
            • Accessible toilet

            Roller Coaster Skate sessions will be highly visually open roller skating environments with accompanying music with some spoken dialogue. Lighting effects and smoke may be used.
            Audiences may choose to participate or observe.

            PANEL DISCUSSION & PARTY
            This event will consist of two elements - a talk and a skating session. The talk will be an audio-driven experience, consisting primarily of spoken words and sound.

            Further information about the physical accessibility of the venue can be found on our Accessibility page.

            Click here for more information.

            Photo CreditPhoto of Gravel, Sofie, Hamm Schalpp and Monie Bones by Claudio Kirac, Art-Work Agency
            AcknowledgementEverybody NOW! is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy; the City of Gold Coast; the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government initiative; and are proudly a Home Company at HOTA Home of the Arts.

            Roller Coaster is supported by Community Partners, East Coast Derby, Griffith University and Women’s Health and Equality Queensland.
            Ticket prices
            • General Admission$12
            • Under 15 yearsFree

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            Wednesday 17 AugOpen skate and songwriting session6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
            Friday 19 AugPanel discussion6:30 PM – 7:30 PMParty7:30PM – 9:00 PM
            Sunday 21 AugSunday session2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
            All times are QLD AEST
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